Office of Recovery Community Affairs

Picture of a tree lined road in autumn with the text "Recovery is a journey with many pathways to your destination.

Chyrell D. Bellamy, PhD, MSW, Acting Director, (203) 444-2219 (cell),

Cheri Bragg, Assistant Director, (860) 418-6935, 

The Office of Recovery Community Affairs acts as a liaison to people in recovery, their families, friends, and other allies, grassroots and statewide recovery organizations, as well as represents DMHAS in national organizations and events. This office assures meaningful contact, input, and dialogue with diverse representatives of the recovery community and plays a significant role in guiding policy decisions and strategic planning to promote a person and family-centered, recovery oriented, system of care.

The following three peer support trainings are currently endorsed in Connecticut:

CT Recovery Supporters Ethics Values and Principles 

CT RSS Training Curriculum Core Components and Competencies

Advancing Peer Support & Lived Experience Leadership: 2021 Upward Spiral Summer Summit 


Goal: To bring together and strengthen the peer support workforce in Connecticut and beyond. This includes Recovery Support Specialists, Recovery Coaches, Peer Navigators, advocates, activists, and other people working in roles using their lived experience. The series will consist of a May kick-off followed by bi-monthly opportunities for networking, learning/unlearning, innovation, and inspiration. 


Topics include: National and International approaches on peer support; racial & social justice; frameworks of distress; wellness, soul work and creativity; peer support supervision and co-reflection; Intentional Peer Support (I.P.S.); Power Threat Meaning framework; Latinx Cultural values.

July 14, 2021 virtual training: LATINX CULTURAL VALUES and Peer Support Featuring Annette Diaz, Graziela Reis, Oscar Fernando Rojas Perez, and Maria Restrepo-Toro

July 14, 2021 - Supervision, Co-reflection and Mentorship in Peer Support (Click to Register) 

July 28, 2021 virtual training: Latinx Cultural Values and Peer Support

July 28, 2021 - Latinx Cultural Values and Peer Support (Click to Register)


For issues regarding client rights and grievances contact William Pierce, 860-418-6933, or go to Client Rights and Grievances.